Thursday, June 30, 2005
little blue scooter: march 15, 2002 - june 28, 2005
little blue scooter was born model #chf50p, near tokyo, in 2002. The offspring of a well-established multi-million yen company, her childhood was blighted by her distant parents and she was brought up mostly by a surrogate mother in boston.
she attended public school, which she hated, an ordeal which was offset by the moment she first saw michael caine ride a vespa in the original version of alfie.
little blue scooter was the apple of her owner’s eye for over four years. she led the way in promoting alternative modes of transportation around the boston metropolitan area and always kindly allowed strangers to give her a try. little blue scooter will remain in the hearts of all who rode her, and will be remembered for her unique style and nerdy-chic image around town.
little blue scooter was, at first sight, the antithesis of many of the mopeds out on the road. plastic-sided, not the speediest, and cheap - she was more like a best friend than a motorized vehicle.
yet little blue scooter’s uncompromising reliability transformed the face of travel all the way from boston to arlington to wellesley and back.
her regular evening cruises ran three to four nights a week and in 2004 she became the godmother to many a scooter offspring in the neighborhood, taking her passion for sidestreets to the wider world.
right from the outset, little blue scooter changed the rules. she could go miles without a fill up, and when she needed fuel it only cost $2 to top off her tank.
two nights ago, little blue scooter was stolen. she was parked in her usual spot, chained to the railing outside ann and dabney’s door. ann and dabney later learned that next door neighbors heard noises sometime between midnight and 2am but didn’t leave their cushy little couch to investigate. her whereabouts are now unknown, and police have no leads.
little blue scooter leaves behind her heartbroken owner ann, and her partner dabney, who was too scared to ride her.
there will be a traditional irish wake held in little blue scooter's honor next week at its former residence.